Central Kitchen

Modern American

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Overview

From the Ne Timeas restaurant group (behind Flour + Water, Cafe Du Nord, Aaxte), Central Kitchen serves seasonal Californian fare made with local ingredients & modern techniques. Chef Thomas McNaughton creates a daily-changing menu with dishes like sunchoke and pine nut hummus, halibut crudo in a yuzu kosho vinaigrette and grilled Wagyu bavette steak in sake jus. Wines focus on organic producers from France, Italy, California, Spain and Oregon.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“With a dining room that is half indoors, half outdoors, the restaurant is quintessentially Northern Californian: simple, fresh cuisine.” – Vogue

“Chef/co-owner Tom McNaughton and his staff have turned the kitchen into a playground for culinary wizardry.” – San Francisco Chronicle

From the Chef

"Everything at Central Kitchen is done with refinement, but with a sense of naturalism. That's Northern California: refined food and a casual setting." – Chef Thomas McNaughton

Small Luxuries

The heated concrete floors of the patio will keep you toasty, even on cool nights.

Ambience

“A 700-square-foot courtyard with a retractable roof, heated concrete floors, and foliage and green paint throughout evokes the feeling of summer even when the weather is 60 degrees.” – 7x7 Magazine

ACCOLADES

  • Two stars from the San Francisco Chronicle 2016
  • The Best Restaurants In The Mission 2015 - The Infatuation
  • Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2013-2014 - San Francisco Chronicle
  • The 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013 - GQ Magazine
  • The Best New Restaurants of 2013 - Conde Nast Traveler

Menu for Central Kitchen

Dinner Menu

Larder

  • Fermented Vegetables
    $6.00
  • Raw Tuna yuzu, radish, jalapeno
    $12.00
  • Beef Tartare espelette pepper, egg yolk, scallion, basil
    $12.00
  • Duck Liver Mousse plum, pickled mustard seed
    $9.00
  • Country Pate prosciutto, fig, pistachio
    $10.00
  • Josey Sourdough cultured butter
    $6.00
  • Fry Bread green onion powder
    $6.00

Vegetables

  • Heirloom Tomato sumac ramp yogurt, avocado, za'atar spice
    $14.00
  • Marinated Eggplant young kale, puffed rice
    $11.00
  • Little Gems preserved citrus, shaved summer squash, hazelnut
    $12.00
  • Melon & Cucumber burrata, purslane, chili herb vinaigrette
    $12.00
  • Fresh Shelling Beans grilled tomato, nasturtium, chili
    $9.00
  • Whipped Potato smoked butter, chicken cracklings, chive
    $8.00
  • Grilled Escarole chanterelle mushroom vinaigrette, bresaola
    $11.00

Pasta

  • Aleppo Pepper Cavatelli heirloom tomato, chili, olive bread crumb
    $18.00
  • Lobster Mushroom Cappelletti corn, brown butter, nepitella
    $19.00
  • Pork Trotter Agnolotti fava bean, padron pepper, pine nut, lemon verbena
    $20.00
  • Fennel Cappellacci Dei Briganti duck ragu, peas
    $20.00
  • Black Pepper Spaghetti sungold tomato, smoked pancetta, uni butter
    $22.00

From the Hearth

  • Pork Belly peach, fish sauce, chili, basil
    $19.00
  • Trout zucchini, green curry, almond relish
    $28.00
  • Roasted Hen corn, black chili
    $27.00
  • Braised Beef Short Rib summer beans, horseradish
    $29.00

Desserts

  • Chocolate Custard candied almond, chocolate crumb & coffee ice cream
    $9.00
  • Summer Blueberries sunflower poppy seed streusel, whipped creme fraiche
    $9.00
  • Vanilla Ice Cream poached blackberries
    $8.00
  • Alum Sorbet tarragon
    $8.00

Cocktails

  • The Steele lo-fi gentian amaro, cocchi americano, sparkling rose
  • Merced lustau olorosso sherry, chamomile tea syrup, bitters
  • Stow Lake lustau fino sherry, dolin blanc vermouth, bitters
  • Blucher Creek cocchi americano rosa, dolin dry vermouth, cappelletti aperitivo

Large Plates

  • Double Cut Pork Chop
    $55.00
  • Bone In Ribeye
    $72.00

Dessert Menu

Dessert

  • Chocolate Custard candied almond, coffee ice cream, caramel.
    $10.00
  • Black Pepper Pound Cake rosemary namelaka, poached pear, lemon verbena.
    $10.00
  • Seasonal Sorbet or Ice Cream
    $6.00
  • Three Cheeses lavosh, onion jam, walnut.
    $16.00

Coffee

  • Espresso
    $3.00
  • Macchiato
    $4.00
  • Cappuccino/Latte/Mocha
    $5.00
  • French Press
    16 Oz $5.00
    32 Oz $10.00

Tea

  • Spring Jade Green
    $5.00
  • Camellia Blossom
    $5.00
  • Pacific Peppermint
    $5.00
  • Grand Crimson Black
    $5.00

Dessert Wines

  • Chateau Pajzos, Tokaji Aszu, 5 Puttonyos, Hungary '93
    $21.00
  • Domaine Rolet, Vin De Paille, Jura, France '03
    $22.00
  • Clos Uroulat, Jurançon, Southwest France '10
    $9.00
  • De Bartoli, Marsala Superiore Oro, Vigna La Miccia, Sicily, Italy Nv
    $18.00
  • Cesar Florido, Moscatel Especial, Jerez, Spain Nv
    $9.00
  • Chateau Sigalas Rabaud, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France '75
    750ml $280.00

Sunday Brunch Menu

Main

  • Vanilla Bean Yogurt blood lime, olive oil granola.
    $7.00
  • Medjool Date Sticky Bun walnut, bacon, ricotta.
    $8.00
  • French Toast Bread Pudding huckleberry, candied almond.
    $7.00
  • Beet Salad sunflower seed, fresh curds, cumin, apple, radish.
    $13.00
  • Autumn Squash Fritatta nasturtium, crème fraîche, pepita.
    $14.00
  • Grilled Sourdough Toast seeded pear butter.
    $3.00
  • Crispy Potatoes parmigiano, caramelized onions.
    $5.00
  • Almond Wood Smoked Bacon
    $6.00
  • Salumeria Butcher's Board cured meats & pâté, mustard, capers, olives, cornichons.
    $24.00
  • Three Cheeses* lavosh, onion jam, walnut.
    $16.00
  • Baked Eggs farro porridge, black trumpet, chanterelle, pickled carrot.
    $17.00
  • Mission Huevos scrambled eggs, spicy guajillo, celeriac salsa.
    $15.00
  • Fried Chicken Benedict buttermilk biscuit, ham, hollandaise.
    $18.00
  • Ck Brunch Burger pickled onion, gruyère, house sauce, brioche bun, fried egg.
    $17.00
  • Pomegranate-Ginger Bellini mercat cava.
    $13.00
  • Beer Float death & taxes black lager, coffee ice cream.
    $10.00
  • Mimosa mercat cava, fresh-squeezed orange juice.
    $12.00

3000 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Eclectic, Modern
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Groups, Singles
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Wine/Beer Only
    Phone: (415) 826-7004
  • Private Dining Room: Yes